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Angola’s Yannick Moreira leaves marks all-over 2014 FIBA World Cup

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The next generation of Angola basketball players were on full display at the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain as Angolan head coach Paulo Macedo opted to showcase his youthful talent rather then relying on his older and more experienced players that have carried and represented Angolan and African basketball proudly over the past ten years.

Enter, Yannick Moreira, the youngest player on the team at just 23-years old.Yannick-Moreira-Focused

The 6’11”, 220 lbs, power forward from Luanda, Angola and current senior with the NCAA’s SMU Mustangs showcased his full potential on the last day of group play as the Palancas Negras rallied back to upset Australia 91-83 and finish off the 2014 FIBA World Cup on a high note and a 2-3 record overall record.  Moreira who made his Angolan Senior Men’s National Team debut registered a tournament best 38-points and 15 rebounds on 17-of-24 (70.8%) shooting in the victory and finished the tournament as Angolan’s top scorer (17.8) and rebounder (8.2).

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The ten-time African Championships who have rode the success of Joaquim “Kikas” Gomes, Olimpio Cripriano and Eduardo Mingas over the past ten years suffered a major setback when the team learned that 2013 FIBA AfroBasket MVP point guard Carlos Morais wouldn’t be able to play due to a knee injury (Morais earned a NBA training camp agreement with the Toronto Raptors). Without Morais in the picture Angola struggled to get production from their backcourt leaving head coach Macedo no other alternative but to test the waters and give his youngster more minutes as the tournament went on.  Moreira led Angola in scoring in three of the five group-games and finished with two double-doubles. His only single digit game came against Lithuania.

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As a junior under the tutelage of former NBA head coach Larry Brown, Moreira averaged 6.0 points and 3.9 rebounds in 14 minutes of playing time, he was forced to  sidelines after picking-up a knee injury in early February. Before the injury Moreira displayed flashes of brilliance with six straight games in double-figures including a career-high 19 points against Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

As a sophomore Moreira was rated the top Junior College (JUCO) prospect thanks to his 18.2 points, 9.8 rebounds per game while leading Texas’ South Plains college to two amazing seasons. He also earned MVP honors at the 2012 NJCAA national tournament after winning the championship and completing a 36-0 undefeated season.

Angola once again showed it belonged in the world basketball stage, despite falling short of its goal of qualifying for the knock-round the Palanca Negras, placed in a tough group with European heavyweights Lithuania, Slovenia along-side Oceania champs Australia, Americas champs Mexico and Korea hung tough for most games and improved during the tournament. If you remove the unexpected margin of defeat (24 pts) against Mexico, Angola lost to Lithuania (13) and Slovenia (7) by a combined 19 points.

For Moreira, sky is the limit with his senior season ready to unfold at SMU, it might just be a matter of time before we hear NBA commissioner Adam Silver mentioned these words:

“With the __ pick of the 2015 NBA Draft the __________ select Yannick Moreira from Luanda, Angola.”

If this does happen, Moreira will become the first-ever Angolan basketball player to be selected in the NBA draft.

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Young Canadian squad shapes FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers

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Xavier Rathan Mayes Canada Vs Argentina

For the past twenty-plus (20) years starving Canadian basketball fans across the country have asked for more International sanctioned games on home soil.

Finally, it looks like those requests are materializing.

With the upcoming kick-off to the newly formatted road to the FIBA Basketball World Cup, the 2019 Americas Qualifiers taking place in Halifax, Nova Scotia will satisfy and quench the thirst of long-time East coast supporters of the National game.

A young, 25th-ranked Canadian squad will take on 59th ranked Bahamas, in a important Group D qualify game at the Scotiabank Centre.

Led by former number one pick of the 2013 NBA Draft, Anthony Bennett (Northern Arizona, G-League), the roster features a strong young crop of former Usports All-Canadians and NCAA Division I standouts. Additionally, a further testimony to the growth of Canadian University Basketball, Ryerson Rams head coach Roy Rana, headlines the coaching staff alongside Carleton Ravens coach Dave Smart.

Point guard duties will be handled by Olivier Hanlan, Phil Scrubb and Kaza Kajami-Keane. The latter two having won multiple Usports basketball championships under the tutelage of Smart. Three-point specialist Brady Heslip and along side confident Xavier Rathan-Mayes will look to fill it up for the outside. The front court will anchored by 6’8″ Anthony Bennett, Thomas Scrubb, (another Ravens All-Canadian) and former Acadia Axemen 6’10” Owen Klassen (Kingston, ON).

Overall the roster looks solid, given the lack of availability of Canada’s top talent due to changes in the qualifying format, and the NBA’s willingness to move aside and grant FIBA the release of its players, regardless of nationality for the World Cup qualifying periods.

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Placed in Group D alongside Virgin Islands, Bahamas and Dominican Republic. The young Canadians will play a home and away series against each team. After the Bahamas game, Canada will fly out to the Dominican Republic for a stern road test on November 28, 2017 to wrap up the opening qualifying window.  The second qualifier will take in late February with Canada once again hitting the road for games against the Virgin Islands and the Bahamas. The third qualifying window will see Canada host two more games on home soil on June 29 and July 2, 2018.

Canada is coming off a mediocre performance at the FIBA Americup dropping games to Virgin Islands 83-71, Argentina 92-86 with its only win against a tough Venezuela 75-66 team that denied the Canadians an Olympics appearance in Rio 2016.

Joel Anthony

Centre

6’9″

Montreal, QCFree Agent
Anthony Bennett

Forward

6’8″

Toronto, ONNorthern Arizona Suns (G-League)
Grandy Glaze

Centre

6’7″

Toronto, ONSt. John’s Edge (NBL Canada)
Olivier Hanlan

Guard

6’4″

Aylmer, QCAustin Spurs (G-League)
Brady Heslip

Guard

6’2″

Burlington, ONTrabzonspor (Turkey)
Kaza Kajami-Keane

Guard

6’1″

Ajax, ONRaptors 905 (G-League)
Owen Klassen

Centre

6’10”

Kingston, ONPAOK (Greece)
Dyshawn Pierre

Forward

6’6″

Whitby, ONBanco di Srd (Italy)
Xavier Rathan-Mayes

Guard

6’4″

Scarborough, ONWestchester Knicks (G-League)
Phil Scrubb

Guard

6’3″

Richmond, B.C.Fraport SKY (Germany)
Thomas Scrubb

Forward

6’6″

Richmond, B.C.Scandone AV (Italy)
Marc Trasolini

Centre

6’9″

Vancouver, B.C.Hokkaido L. (Japan)
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Canadian Rowan Barrett Jr. Insane 38 points versus USA

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Canadian Rowan Barrett Jr. 38 Points Versus USA

Canadian Guard Rowan Barrett Jr. goes off for an insane 38 points versus USA at the 2017 FIBA U19 World Cup in Cairo Egypt. Canada stunned the USA 99-87 to advance to Gold Medal game.

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Angola’s Silvio de Sousa beastly 27 points, 21 rebounds against Korea

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Angola Silvio Sousa Dominates Korea 2017 FIBA U 19 World Cup
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Angola’s 18-year old Silvio de Sousa (6’9″, 240lbs) power forward is one of the rising stars of Angolan and African Basketball.

In his last FIBA U19 game in Cairo, De Sousa beasted Korea with 27 points and 21 rebounds as Angola closed-out the 2017 World Cup with a 55-53 win.

De Sousa, a bruising forward is the best polished Angolan Basketball player ever at this age and averaged a double-double at the 2017 FIBA U19 World Cup in Egypt, Cairo with 17.3 points per game (3rd), 13.1 rebounds (1st), 2.1 assists and 1.4 steals.

The 2018 IMG Academy (Bradenton, Florida) four star recruit holds NCAA Basketball Division I offers from Florida, Louisville, Maryland, LSU and many others and currently represents Angola’s best chance at a future first round and potential NBA pick.

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